Just around the corner from Falmouth, lies the Helford River – a dreamy area of outstanding beauty. With so many inlets and coves along the coast, many choose to manoeuvre around these parts on paddleboard, kayak or sailboat.
If you’re travelling to The Greenbank by boat from the Helford River, prepare to marvel at ancient oak forest lining the riverbanks, and shingled shores tucked away off the beaten track. Drift past the idyllic Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel. Then you’ll glide by the sub-tropical gardens of Glendurgan, before arriving into Falmouth, via the most popular beaches like Swanpool and Gyllyngvase.
Use the Helford River Boats to book a water taxi or ferry on this route.
The quickest and easiest way to navigate from the historic fishing village of St Mawes to our maritime port in Falmouth is by boat. Connected by the Cornish waters, hop on a ferry, or set sail in your own craft, for a speedy 20 minute journey (beating the hour-long drive it would take by road).
Not only is this the most convenient way to travel between the two, it’s also the far more picturesque route. Watch as the magnificent St Mawes Castle disappears on the horizon, as you cruise along the sparkling waters, passing other bobbing boats, buoys, and even seals and other marine life. As you approach our town, you’ll spot some of the iconic landmarks, including the National Maritime Museum, and St Mawes’ sister fortress, Pendennis Castle.
The St Mawes Ferry takes just 20 minutes, and runs three times an hour in the summer months, depending on weather conditions.